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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The FBI has raided the office of a Republican consulting firm in Maryland in connection with an investigation into the 2013 Virginia governor's race.

The FBI confirmed Thursday it served a search warrant in Annapolis, Maryland, but declined to elaborate. Kelley Rogers, president of Strategic Campaign Group, told reporters the investigation relates to work the consultant did for former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP's 2013 gubernatorial candidate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on whether a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates is constitutional.

A group of large industrial electric customers is challenging the 2015 law, which critics have called a costly giveaway to electric monopolies Dominion Resources and Appalachian Power.

The law is costing a typical Dominion residential customer an extra $68 a year on their bill, according to one group's calculations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Three former Virginia attorneys general have filed a brief opposing Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's blanket restoration of voting and other rights for ex-felons.

The brief recently filed with the Virginia Supreme Court said McAuliffe's April restoration of rights for more than 200,000 ex-felons "undermines the rule of law."

The brief was filed by Ken Cuccinelli, who ran against McAuliffe in 2013; Jim Gilmore, who also served as governor and sought the Republican presidential nomination this year; and Andrew Miller, a conservative Democrat.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is joining the national conservative group, FreedomWorks Foundation, as general counsel.

FreedomWorks said in a news release Wednesday that Cuccinelli would lead a new state attorneys general project aimed at fighting what the group called "the federal regulatory state."

An outspoken conservative, Cuccinelli ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2013. He was rumored to be considering a second run in 2017, but said earlier this year that he has no interest.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says he won't run for governor in 2017.

Cuccinelli told The Associated Press on Saturday at a state GOP convention that he had decided not to run.

The outspoken conservative who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2013 said another gubernatorial campaign would be too taxing on his family life.

If he'd decided to run, Cuccinelli could have been a formidable challenge to other 2017 GOP gubernatorial hopefuls - former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Senate panel has endorsed the nomination of former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to the state Supreme Court.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted along party lines to advance Cuccinelli's nomination on Tuesday. The committee vote followed the Senate's failure to elect Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston to the high court. Alston had been the top choice of Republican leaders, who rejected Justice Jane Marum Roush, McAuliffe's selection for Supreme Court.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An aide to Virginia Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain says Obenshain will not be running for governor in 2017.

Nick Collette, a political director for Obenshain, said Monday that his boss has made a decision not to run for statewide office in 2017.

Obenshain narrowly lost the state attorney general election in 2013 and was widely viewed as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate.

Collette said Obenshain had made the decision not to run for personal reasons.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has settled a lawsuit on favorable terms with a conservative political action committee he accused of engaging in a national fundraising scam.

Federal court papers filed last week show that Cuccinelli and the Arlington-based Conservative StrikeForce PAC reached a settlement that will prohibit the PAC from using a political candidate's name for future fundraising efforts against the candidate's wishes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring says new strict building standards should not be applied retroactively to existing abortion clinics, contradicting advice given by his Republican predecessor.

Herring issued an opinion Monday to the state health commissioner. The standards would treat abortion clinics as hospitals and cover issues such as hallway widths and closet sizes. Herring says applying them would essentially shut down abortion services in the state.

Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office said the opposite in 2012.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Democratic candidate for Virginia attorney general has maintained his thin lead over the Republican hopeful after the state certified the Nov. 5 ballot.

The State Board of Elections in Richmond completed its certification Monday, showing Mark Herring with a 165-vote edge over the GOP's Mark Obenshain.

Herring held a 165-vote edge over Obenshain before the certification. Obenshain has 10 days to decide whether he'll seek a recount.